An information technology division within Ascension Michigan, formerly known as St. John Providence Health System, plans to lay off 223 workers in Troy this fall and outsource their jobs.
An executive with Ascension Technologies notified state officials this week about the layoffs, which are planned to begin Oct. 24. The affected employees work at the organization’s Network Operations Center and Service Desk, which has an office in the North Troy Corporate Park, 800 Tower Drive.
Those who can’t find different work within Ascension will get severances, the layoff notice said. Some of the affected workers also could get hired by the new vendor.
An Ascension representative on Wednesday wouldn’t provide further details about the layoffs or identify the vendor.
In a recent blog post, Ascension’s Chief Information Officer Gerry Lewis said the health system will be shifting some of its IT jobs to outside vendors as part of Ascension’s “digital transformation.”
Ascension Michigan’s hospitals include Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield. (Photo: Ascension Michigan)
“These transitions will enable us to design, deliver and innovate the best end-to-end customer and clinician experience, using best practices and industry standards, while being good stewards of our resources,” Lewis wrote in the post.
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Ascension Michigan is part of St. Louis-based Ascension Health, a nonprofit Catholic health system.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Ascension Health has received $815 million in grants and $1.3 billion in loans through the federal CARES Act relief package, according to the website COVID Stimulus Watch.
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